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three weeks left before the fiscal cliff, the clock is ticking for president obama and congress. >> the clerk will read the communication. >> reporter: lawmakers are back at work and under the deadline pressure. >> we can solve the greatest economic emergency facing the nation today. >> reporter: white house economist say without a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, americans may start closing their wallets during the critical holiday shopping season. and curb their spending well into next year. >> they think that it is important that congress extends the middle class tax cuts without delay, without drama. and it is because it will help to maintain the increase in the consumer confidence that we have seen. >> reporter: both sides say they are ready to compromise to avoid the nearly $600 billion in tax hikes and mandatory spending cuts, scheduled to kick in on january 1. but the taxes, they remain the sticking point. republicans and congress, they have been long opposed to any tax increases, but the gop lawmakers say that they are open to raising more revenues through the tax ref
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